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Vatican says its Irish abuse letter misunderstood

The Vatican launched a new round of damage control Wednesday over priestly sex abuse, insisting that a 1997 letter warning Irish bishops against reporting abuse to police had been "deeply misunderstood."Full story

Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse

A newly revealed 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure that victims groups described as "the smoking gun." Full story

Blast rattles U.K. spy headquarters in N. Ireland

Irish Republican Army dissidents detonated a bomb Monday outside the British spy headquarters in Northern Ireland, police said, just hours before rival Catholic and Protestant leaders were to elect a new justice minister in a long-sought step in peacemaking. Full story

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A car explodes in front of a line of police cars as nationalist protesters clashes with police in Belfast, Northern Ireland, late Monday July 12, 2010. Police struggled Monday overnight till early Tuesday, to quell rioting by Irish Catholic nationalists in several parts of Northern Ireland following

Nationalist protesters brandish the Irish tricolour flag during clashes with police in Belfast
Nationalist protesters brandish the Irish tricolour flag during clashes with police in Belfast

Nationalist protesters brandish the Irish tricolour flag during clashes with police in Belfast, Northern Ireland, late Monday July 12, 2010. Police struggled Monday overnight till early Tuesday, to quell rioting by Irish Catholic nationalists in several parts of Northern Ireland following a day of m